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Friederich Kuster (active circa 1811-22)

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Friederich Kuster (active circa 1811-22)

Accession Number

PAG1998.178

Creation Date

1815

Description

Plate 10. Horizontally-oriented Taufschein with central text section surrounded by blue and orange border, flanked by red and yellow flowers.

Dimensions in Inches

7 7/8 x 13

Materials

Watercolor and ink on laid paper

Technique

Drawn, Hand lettered

Associated Places

Manheim Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Motifs

flowers, tulips, floral

Associated Names

Johannes Daubert, Christina Dewald, Wilhelm, Munch, Daniel Schappel, Catharina Schappel

Rights

Please contact the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College for permissions which fall outside of educational fair use.

Source

Ursinus College Library Special Collections and the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Provenance

Pennsylvania Folklife Society

Script/Text

Fraktur lettering, German script

Language

German

Comment

Friederich Küster made numerous Taufscheine similar to this piece. He usually put the heading “Geburths und Taufschein!” at the top of the certificates. His parrots were usually colored in a pale yellow, which often has faded greatly. He also drew roosters and spread eagles on some of his larger pieces. Küster made certificates in both English and German. Little is known of his personal life other than that he made fraktur for families primarily along the north branch of the Susquehanna River. Küster was previously known as the Northumberland County Artist, until a signed example of his work surfaced. Küster was obviously copying the work of Valentin Schuller here, reproducing his red and yellow foxgloves (see plate 21). Küster and Schuller made fraktur for some of the same families in the Mahantango and Lykens Valleys, in Northumberland and Dauphin counties. They would have been familiar with one another’s work as competitors.

Condition

Good

Published

Minardi, Lisa. Roots: Ursinus College and the Pennsylvania Germans (Trappe, Pa.: Historic Trappe, 2019), pp. 43-114. Weiser, Frederick S., and Howell J. Heaney. The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of the Free Library of Philadelphia: An Illustrated Catalogue. 2 vols. Publications of the Pennsylvania German Society, vols. 10–11. Breinigsville, Pa.: Pennsylvania German Society, 1976. 73.

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